Tuesday, August 25, 2009

PhotoshopWorks: Creating an artistic rain

Step 1
Today we’re going  to create a simplistic yet realistic rainy day. This is basically a beginner's tutorial.
We're going to try to reproduce the effect achieved in  turning this image.

To this one.    

First thing you need to do is to open the first image. You may use any image you want or you can just use the one provided. Next, duplicate the background layer (CTRL+J) by either dragging the layer to the “Create a New Layer” button at the bottom of the layers pallet OR going to Layer > Duplicate Layer…(this requires you to click “OK”).

Here’s the fun part! On your “background layer copy” go to Image > Image Adjustments > Curves… (CTRL+M) and make your setting something like this..

Then head over to Filter > Blur > Motion Blur… and the setting should be close to this:

Now you need to head on over and adjust the levels. (CTRL+L) Go to Image > Image Adjustments > Levels… and my settings are:

Last step!! Go to the top of your layers pallet and change the mode to “Screen” and Voila! You have a rainy day!

Optional step! To double the amount of rain in your picture, just copy the “Rain” layer (CTRL+J) and press CTRL+T to pull up the transform handles. You can go to Edit > Free Transform… as well. Click just outside the bottom right handle, until the cursor looks bent. Then hold Shift and turn the layer clockwise until the bottom right corner becomes the top left corner. Then hit the “Commit” button at the
top!                         -  garech